Back in the day you could, given somebody’s UNIX account (email address), type finger email@example.com and get some information about that person, whatever they wanted to share: perhaps their office location, phone number, URL, current activities, etc.

The finger protocol, sadly, died.

Fast-forward to Web 2.0. We’re currently bickering about how we do interop between all these social web services, and even how we represent a person’s identity. The two main identity identifier camps are email addresses and URLs.

Too cool! This is a perfect plan for the next phase of web communication.

Posted via web from fnerd

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